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South African-linked water innovation receives global recognition

A South African-linked innovation, which is able to turn seawater into an alternative water, energy and fertiliser resource, has won the Global Grand Honour Award of Applied Research at the International Water Association’s 2012 Project Innovation Awards. University of Cape Town civil engineering Professor George Ekama participated in the international team that included researchers and […]

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How to make a solar water heater from plastic bottles

Retired mechanic Jose Alano invented a simple, cheap, energy saving rooftop solar water heater which is benefiting thousands of people. Here’s how it’s done… José Alano is a model of creativity in tackling environmental problems in Brazil. In 2002, the retired mechanic transformed a pile of plastic bottles and cartons into a solar water heater. […]

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Hydroelectricity – dams no longer required!

You don’t have to build dams to get hydroelectricity from water flowing through municipal pipes, says Dr. Daniel Farb, the Los Angeles immigrant who previously shook up the Israeli clean-tech power scene with his Leviathan Energy company’s award-winning Wind Tulip. The ecologically conscious physician recently unveiled his latest brainchild, a turbine that turns excess pressure inside […]

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Green service station piloted in South Africa

Global fuel giant Total has expressed its commitment to investment in South Africa, and has unveiled the first of its new chain of sustainable service stations around the country and the region. Located in Fairland, a suburb west of Johannesburg, the service station is part of a pilot programme running in just two other countries […]

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Clean Water Project – Coke & Segway Inventor Team Up

NEW YORK, Sept 25 (Reuters) – Coca-Cola Co plans to deliver and operate water purification systems in rural parts of the developing world, working with the inventor of the Segway transportation device in a project that will also help further Coke’s sustainability targets.

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Australia: Recycled stormwater to secure water supply

A NEW scheme to save water could help prevent harbour pollution as well as provide an ongoing water supply for Sydney, experts say. The plans, being discussed at a national water conference, would involve harvesting and recycling stormwater for non-drinking purposes.

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Water scarcity risk can be reduced by investing in science

River basins are set to experience growing pressures due to urbanization, rising water scarcity and poor water quality, according to a new report.

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Desalinated Water via Solar Still

Desalinated water via ‘coffee pot’ solar still

Most of us take our coffee pots for granted, thinking nothing of how that technology can be applied to bringing potable water to the masses. Italian designer Gabriele Diamanti has taken the concept of an upside coffee maker and turned it into a solar desalinator called the eliodomestico. Here’s how it works:

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Water Innovation Starts with the Farmer

At the forefront of an important agricultural revolution in the developing world is not a leading scientist or a tireless advocate. Instead, the leader is a farmer. His name is Purushottambhai Patel, from the state of Gujarat in Western India. He is a smallholder farmer with eight cows, three hectares of tobacco, rice, potatoes and […]

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